Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in central London will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19, the company has announced.
The organisers say that “ongoing health concerns” and uncertainty about Covid-19 have forced them to cancel the event for this winter, the first time in 13 years.
Billed as “London’s spectacular Christmas destination”, the popular festive destination has been entertaining millions of Londoners and tourists since 2007.
A spokesperson said: “It is with a heavy heart we share that Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will not be taking place this year.
“Our team has worked tirelessly, exploring every option in the hopes of being able to move forward with the event in a responsible manner, and provide London with some much-needed festive cheer.”
They added: “However, in light of ongoing health concerns, travel restrictions and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and considering the size and scale of this event, we just couldn’t find a way to do that without sacrificing the very thing that makes the event so special: bringing friends and family together in a fun, safe and interactive environment to celebrate the festive season.”
Winter Wonderland is usually home to a traditional German Christmas market, offering more than 100 chalets selling arts, gifts, jewellery and decorations.
It also boasts the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, as well as a Christmas circus, ice sculpting workshops, stand up comedy ‘lates’, festive rides and a giant observation wheel standing 70 metres high.